Federal officials from Massachusetts have made demands for the convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to surrender the $1400 in COVID relief money that was given to him through his inmate trust account, and direct it towards the $101 million he owes the victims of his heinous crime.
The motion to right this obvious injustice was filed on Wednesday by Nathaniel R. Mendell, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and urged the court to permit the Bureau of Prisons to retrieve all funds in Tsarnaev’s inmate trust account and apply it towards his “outstanding criminal monetary penalties.”
Records reveal that Tsarnaev, who is currently held under maximum security in Florence, Colorado, has collected a full $21,000 since becoming an inmate. Several of the deposits were made by the Office of Federal Defenders of New York. 35 other individuals also contributed to his account, and even the U.S. government, which applied a $1,400 COVID relief payment into the terrorist’s account.
Following his trial in 2015, Tsarnaev was ordered to pay $101,126,627 in restitution as well as an additional $3000 fee. As of Wednesday, he had paid just $2,202.03 towards his fee, with no money supplied to the victims.
Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 charges for his 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line. The explosion killed three individuals and injured over 260 others. 17 people lost at least one limb as a consequence of the attack.
Tsarnaev, accompanied by his brother, then led police on a chase that ran on for days, and involved the fatal shooting of Sean Collier, an MIT Police Officer that they killed. Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, died during the chase.
Though Tsarnaev’s account has received deposits worth over $21,000, there is currently a balance of just $3,885.06 as of Dec. 22, 2021. Where did the money go? Tsarnaev gave it to his siblings by purchasing gifts, offering them cash, and purchasing other items for himself such as books and gifts.
Prosecutors say that this is wrong, and that Tsarnaev should use any money at his disposal to pay the victims of his ruthless attack.
Using statutes to collect restitution owed to crime victims, the government can place a lien on his trust account, to ensure that any further funds he acquires go to where they rightfully belong: chipping away at his $101 million debt.
There is no explanation currently for how Tsarnaev came into possession of a COVID relief payment.
Author: Donald Smith